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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814417388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814417386
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the Best Leadership Book Leadership.com 2011



"…succinct guide, punctuated with real-life example, this book is a good and easy read for new leaders or managers who are looking to revisit the fundamentals of leadership." --HR Management



"I found Lead with Purpose to be enlightening, with a singular and important focus. It has an intellectual appeal while providing practical, time-honored ideas…” --School Administrator



"...a very motivating book…for a new leader or a seasoned leader looking for new perspectives to motivate and lead his or her staff members.” --AORN Journal



“[Baldoni] has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership.” --Blogging About Business

Book Description

Ask any leader: What would you give to have an entire company full of committed employees willing to go the extra mile? For all your people to work together as a unified force, knowing exactly what they do, and why they do it?

Featuring illuminating stories, interviews, and profiles of leaders from a variety of fields, Lead with Purpose shows readers how to take their organizations to the next level with renewed focus and improved direction. The book gives readers practical tips and techniques to:

• Instill a sense of ownership

• Ensure that organizational purpose is understood and acted upon

• Encourage resourcefulness and flexibility

• Communicate a narrative that will drive the organization

• Harness creativity and the desire to succeed

• Transform a shared vision into real results

• Develop the next generation of leaders

It’s a leader’s job to provide his people’s work with meaning. Lead with Purpose shows you how it’s done.


More About the Author

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, coach, author and speaker. John is the chair of the leadership development practice at N2growth, a global leadership consultancy with practice areas in leadership development, organizational development, and executive search.

John has taught what it means to inspire at the top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At sea level in Orlando, Florida, John spoke to nearly one thousand USAF/JAG commissioned and non-commissioned officers on leadership and communication. And his book, Lead Your Boss, The Subtle Art of Managing Up, was selected as a notable leadership book for fall 2009.

In 2014 Trust Across America named John to its list of Top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Again in 2014 Global Gurus ranked John No. 11 on its list of global leadership gurus. John has been on this list every year since 2007.

John established a career as a highly sought after communications and leadership consultant, where he had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

John speaks widely to corporate, professional, military and university audiences. Those who attend John's keynotes and workshops find his advice to be practical and his advice inspirations. Mixed with stories of great men and women, and leavened with light hearted humor, John seeks down-to-earth practical advice that individuals can apply immediately. John's presentations blend his passion for leadership with genuine enthusiasm for helping people achieve their leadership ambitions.

In Fall 2011 John published his tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself. Over the past decade, John has established himself as a world authority on on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day. Through his books and many columns for leading business publications, John has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership. All of these topics complement John's mission to help individuals and their organizations achieve positive results.

As a recognized global thought leader, John's executive coaching helps managers to achieve positive results by focusing on communication, influence, motivation and supervision. John specializes in leadership presence, which he defines as "demonstrating earned authority." John's coaching clients including Fortune 1000 companies as well as non-profits.

John is a regular online contributor to CBSi/BNET, Bloomberg/Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review. John's columns have appeared in the online versions of FastCompany, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post well as Leader to Leader and the Wharton Leadership Digest.

John has been quoted by scores of publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail (Canada), HR Management, and the Washington Post. Additionally John has appeared on many radio programs, including the national version of the Michael Smerconish Show. Reviews of his work have appeared in a number of publications including Investor's Business Daily, Training & Development, Sales & Marketing Management, WashingtonPost.com and The Hindu.

John has created a video coaching series for Athena Online and a series of coaching podcasts for CXO Media. These forms of media give John the opportunity to reach a wider audience with his leadership insights designed to help managers become effective leaders.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
To compete in today's very competitive marketplace, all businesses must excel at what they do and how they do it. The businesses that separate themselves from the crowd go one step further - they have a strong reason why - they are driven by purpose.

If you want to develop a competitive edge, you need to learn the principles in this book - you need to Lead With Purpose. John Baldoni, the author, interviewed 15 well known and highly respected experts in the field of leadership. Those interviews plus research which the author conducted along with the firm NFI Research form the basis for the book.

The book is relatively short, well written and therefore very easy to read. It is very conversational in style but does contain a large number of quotes from the panel of experts the author interviewed. Some people may find the number of quotes a little distracting.

The information is well organized and presented in a logical and straightforward manner. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the survey results pertaining to the topic of that chapter along with a "What Leaders Must Do" instructions for how to implement the concepts. Also at the end of each chapter is a series of Leadership Questions and Leadership Directives. I found these to be very valuable. Sometimes it is the questions and specific directions which are most valuable for an individual to translate the theory into actionable steps. These questions and directives give you a step by step process for turning the theory into action.

There are questions throughout the book which the reader should stop, think about and answer or at least write down to answer later. There are many questions which you can use to become a better leader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID LAPIN (2) on February 10, 2012
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Having just released a book of my own on Leadership, it is easier to recognize a master. Lead With Purpose will not only help you take your leadership to a new level, it will also serve as an indispensable reference book of case-examples and data to support the author's thesis.
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I selected my review's title because, in his latest book, John Baldoni focuses on how and why having (or not having) a sense of purpose determines whether (or not) success is (or isn't) achieved by individuals, groups, organizations, and even entire societies. This is precisely what other authors affirm in their books, notably Dave and Wendy Ulrich in The Why of Work, Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer in The Progress Principle, Simon Sinek in Start with Why, and Dan Pink in Drive.

Baldoni is convinced (and I wholly agree) that the healthiest organizations are those in which there is a shared sense of purpose. It is a business leader's privilege (yes, privilege) as well as challenge to establish and then sustain a culture in which a common purpose guides and informs all initiatives, at all levels and in all areas throughout the given enterprise. In essence, great leaders inspire others to believe in themselves, to take pride in what they do and how they do it, and to be nourished by mutual trust and respect among everyone involved.

With meticulous care, Baldoni organizes his material within seven chapters. He provides a wealth of information, insights, and advice generated during a study of more than 1,100 purposeful leaders selected from the American Management Association's vast database. (Note: He includes the complete "2010 Leadership Survey Results" in the Appendix and also identifies 15 experts who were interviewed and whom he frequently cites throughout his narrative.) In the Introduction, Baldoni provides a framework of seven separate but interdependent core commitments that leaders in any organization must make:

1. Make purpose a central focus
2. Instill purpose in others
3. Make employees comfortable with ambiguity
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If Leadership and Management is important to you - it is full of insights you need to be aware of .... a must read.
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